Best Bets Aug. 9/10: What to watch

August, 8, 2011
8/08/11
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TUESDAY, AUG. 9

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP
Bradford City at Leeds United
Fox Soccer Plus, 11:40 a.m.

Leeds once was a top-tier power in England, but it has resided in the second tier for some time now, away from the Premier League glamor. The Peacocks will be expected to win this Carling Cup opener against fourth-tier Bradford. Replay: 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.

FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP
Mexico vs. Cameroon
ESPNU, 5:45 p.m.
El Tri conceded just once in three group games, notching four points. Cameroon also went 1-1-1, giving up just two goals. The winner gets a quarterfinal date with Colombia or Costa Rica.
Also
Argentina vs. Egypt, ESPNU, 2:45 p.m.
Colombia vs. Costa Rica, ESPNU, 9:30 p.m.

COPA SUDAMERICANA
Fenix (Uruguay) at U. de Chile (Chile)
Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.
A first-round opener in South America's No. 2 club competition has the favored Chilean power at home.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10
  • TELEVISION

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
Brazil at Germany
ESPN Deportes, 11:40 a.m.

Two world superpowers collide in Stuttgart, with the Germans looking for their first victory over the Samba kings since 1993 -- and just their fourth in 21 meetings. Brazil-born forward Cacau is ready to aid the Nationalmannschaft's cause. Replay: 6 p.m.
Also
Netherlands at England, Fox Soccer Channel, noon and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, noon and 10 p.m.
Chile at France, ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.

FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP
Spain vs. South Korea
ESPNU, 2:45 p.m.
The Spaniards are Europe's best at every age group, it seems, and they're among the best in this tournament. A victory here could set a quarterfinal against Brazil.
Also
Brazil vs. Saudi Arabia, ESPNU, 5:45 p.m.
Nigeria vs. England, ESPNU, 9:30 p.m.

RECOPA SUDAMERICANA
Internacional (Brazil) at Independiente (Argentina)
Fox Deportes, 5:30 p.m.
The South American schedule doesn't exactly follow Europe's, but consider this the start of the new campaign. The Copa Sudamericana winner is home for the first leg against last year's Copa Libertadores champion.
Copa Sudamericana
Sao Paulo (Brazil) at Ceara (Brazil), Fox Deportes, 5:30 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
Mexico at United States
ESPN2 and Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 6 p.m.
Juergen Klinsmann
debuts as U.S. coach in Philadelphia against the Yanks' archrivals, a rematch of June's CONCACAF Gold Cup final won by Mexico -- the end of Bob Bradley's tenure. The most anticipated friendly the Americans have played since, well, ever.
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE WOMEN
Fresno State at UC Irvine
Anteater Field (Irvine), 4 p.m.

The unofficial kickoff to the college season is a preseason friendly involving the best women's side in So Cal last year. With anchors CoCo Goodson and Judy Christopher back, the Anteaters will be looking for another Big West Conference title and NCAA run this fall.

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